adjective \ˈdis-tənt\

: existing or happening far away in space : separated by space

: far away in time : happening far in the past or far into the future

: having to do with something that is not related to what is happening where you are or at the present time

Full Definition of DISTANT

a :  separated in space :  away <a mile distant>
b :  situated at a great distance :  far-off <a distant galaxy>
c :  separated by a great distance from each other :  far apart
d :  far behind <finished a distant third>
:  separated in a relationship other than spatial <a distant cousin> <the distant past>
:  different in kind <from two very distant backgrounds>
:  reserved or aloof in personal relationship :  cold <was distant and distracted>
a :  going a long distance <distant voyages>
b :  concerned with remote things <distant thoughts>
dis·tant·ly adverb
dis·tant·ness noun

Examples of DISTANT

  1. In the distant past, dinosaurs roamed the earth.
  2. The day I left home is now a distant memory.

Origin of DISTANT

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin distant-, distans, present participle of distare to stand apart, be distant, from dis- + stare to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 14th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: distant signal
Previous Word in the Dictionary: distance signal
All Words Near: distant

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up distant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).